The Bucs will Take Shaq Lawson on Day One
The final prediction is the most specific, therefore, the boldest. On previous slides, I have mentioned the fact that edge pass rusher is the biggest need. This is the pick if they stay at number nine. If they trade down, especially for Muhammad Wilkerson, they will look elsewhere, potentially at a Jack Conklin or Taylor Decker on the offensive line. But if they stay at nine, the pick will be Lawson.
Although I have offered the possibilities of a move up to select Joey Bosa, in the end they won’t be realistic, and I don’t see him falling to number nine either. DeForest Buckner will likely be gone as well, and I do not see the Bucs taking a corner in this spot. Emmanuel Ogbah is a second round guy at best for me, so that leaves the choice between Noah Spence and Shaq Lawson.
Talent-wise, Spence is probably a bit higher than Lawson. However, the character issues with Spence are well-defined, so although Lawson is borderline top ten, he makes it up there thanks to the quality of character.